Wellingtons are a must at Love Southsea

FUN TIME Four-year-old Poppy New with her three-year-old brother George New on a fairground ride at the show. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122329-352)
FUN TIME Four-year-old Poppy New with her three-year-old brother George New on a fairground ride at the show. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122329-352)

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Hardy souls donned their Wellington boots and trudged through the mud to ensure the Love Southsea Show went off with a bang.

Live music performances brought the crowds to the free event on Castle Field, Southsea, and many were dancing, despite the heavy bursts of rain yesterday.

EVENT The Love Southsea Show. (122329-332)

EVENT The Love Southsea Show. (122329-332)

The line-up included bands Luke Ferre, Free Funk Soul Collective, The Visitors, Beth Oliver Band, Blackfoot Circle and Mayville High School Band.

A dog show also took place and donkey rides were on offer alongside stalls, a marketplace, fair rides, children’s activities and face painting.

It’s the second event of its kind, and all profits will be donated to The Portsmouth Foyer and Make a Wish Foundation.

Tracey Eacott, 40, of Southsea, brought her four-year-old son Finley Jones to the event.

She said: ‘Finley had a great time. He went on all the rides and got his face painted like a monster – he loved it.

‘I was surprised at how much there was for the kids to do.

‘Usually at these sorts of things there’s lots of stalls but not much for the kids to do, but there was tonnes there and it had a really nice family atmosphere.’

Pompey favourites Funkt-if-ino also played a DJ set at a seaside party in one of the stalls run by Drift bar, Southsea.

Donna Burdett, 31, of Finch Road, Southsea, said: ‘Events like this are so important to people here – they are what make Portsmouth.

‘It would be a boring city without them.

‘The stalls were great, my friends and I wandered about them for ages, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

‘It’s just a shame about the weather.’